Timely rains in May means crops are ahead of schedule

Southwest Nebraska farmer Andy Jobman says timely rains have significantly recharged the soil profile helping crops get off to a fast start.

“Going into planting, we were probably in a record drought situation. We were running center pivots ahead of planting, trying to build up some soil moisture. We’ve had some very beneficial rains that have really helped us crop tremendously where we’re at.”

He tells Brownfield it wasn’t the smoothest planting season, but he won’t complain about moisture. “Our first planted is about 10 to 12 inches tall. We had a bit of a rain delay during planting, so our last planted corn is still only just a few inches tall, so we’re kind of spread out in in growth stages.

Jobman says it was the first time in three years that his area received substantial rain in May.

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